We had the good fortune of connecting with Aaron Rogers and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aaron, how do you define success?
Success is one thing that can have multiple definitions depending on the person. For me I believe success is cohesive with happiness, the betterment of a person’s situation, or an accomplishment of some sorts. Success is something that is built over time, I never believed it was something that can happen over night, and because it’s built over time I believe it’ll be able to be valued and appreciated.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Getting to this point in my career has not come easy, as many may say “Hard work beats talent”. As an independent artist, time management has been on the forefront of my priority list. Although I consider myself a creative/ artist outside and within the realm of my job as a personal banker, I’m confronted with the daily battle that I am not putting enough time into my art. Putting in the work is something I hone into because you can never know it all, and the time you put into your craft helps shape the quality you will get out of it. There has been a lot to learn to get where I am now and plenty more to learn to get where I am planning to go. The support from my colleagues have helped me stay focused along the way as well as the support from my team. That part right there! TEAM. I’ve learned that having a team is vital to successfully push the vision I portray with my artistry and the goals I intend to accomplish. There was a time where I thought I could do it all by myself and was comfortable with playing every role, yet soon found out how that can be overwhelming and take away from my time to create. Now that doesn’t mean I just opted out of learning each role, but I came to the conclusion that it’s okay to lean on people who genuinely believe in you and would like to help you with your growth. For example, my most recent single ‘Broke Down’ has been a work in progress. Although I recorded the song in August of 2022 I waited till February to release it to the world. My team was adamant that we precisely plan the roll out and focus on how far we wanted to see the record go. In November I shot a music video to complement the record, since it was my first music video recorded in Houston I felt that it had to be perfect. Cultivating my experience since I have been living here as well as tell a short story about my transition to a new city. During this time anticipation built up in me and I was becoming inpatient. I wanted to share what I had created and also shed light on every person that contributed. This part was challenging for me because I had so much faith in the record and wanted to put it out prematurely. Now that both the record and the music video are out I can say I am glad my team had me wait, I am grateful for the grace that was given from my friends who all played a role in making the music video possible. The feedback has been second to none and I was able to get a published write up due to the hard work of my PR and Manger.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Wow, the funny part is my best friend is actually coming out here this weekend. I’ve only been living in Houston for about a year and a half so forgive me if I don’t know the “Spots”. The first thing on the itinerary is definitely some good eats, I recently tried The Toasted Yolk and I must say the shrimp and grits was top tier so that’s my choice for breakfast. The Museum of Fine Arts is a dope place to visit and see some of the best works creatively so a trip there after breakfast would be idle to scratch the creative itch I tend to get. Lunch time? El Norteno Tacos is the go to! Some of the best Mexican food I’ve tasted and it always feels good to support the small businesses. This last year I watched the most basketball I’ve ever watched in my life and the experience at Toyota Center is contagious win, lose or draw seeing the Rockets play would be a good move and experience so we’d have to catch a game. As far as the night life goes I must say I have not been out much, label me a “homebody” but if we are looking for a turn up in the city or someone is performing Space might be the place to go. There was one time we went there when I first moved out here and it was Larry Junes album release party, I must say it was a movie!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Three words… STRIVE KONQUER MOTIVATE. “SKM” is a collective I’ve been a part of since I was 11 years old, a group filled with many talented individuals that all came up in San Bernardino,CA. These are my brothers who not only looked after me but introduced me to a lifestyle that I dreamed of beforehand. From traveling to LA for shows, to being on the forefront of many music videos, to creating a brand of our own. I’ve always been confident within myself and abilities but when I was around them they showed that they believed in me just as much as I believed in myself. Since I was the youngest I learned a lot just from observing, rather we were making music, dancing, or maneuvering around the city.
Photos taken by: Jario Chacon @chacon.js